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Amanda Ruiz and Sydney Williams, EDU 380: IPDS Italy
Faculty Mentor: Professor Kerry Renzoni, Music
This study concentrates on the connection between music education and English learning. Our research question is “how does music education bridge the gap between language barriers?” Before we left for Italy, we were informed that the citizens of Torremaggiore, the small city we were staying in, would have a language barrier with us, especially at the elementary school we planned to visit. During our time in Torremaggiore, we spent multiple days at Emilio Ricci Primary School working with students between the grades of Pre-K through 5th. We collected a wide variety of data that includes field notes, teacher candidate participant blogs, and personal teaching journals. Our findings indicated that Italian students were fully engaged in all music content, asked questions after music lessons to further enhance their learning, and learned new vocabulary through song and movement.
Ruiz, Amanda and Williams, Sydney, "Bridging the Language Barrier With Music Education" (2020). Education. 22nd Annual Student Research and Creativity Conference. SUNY Buffalo State.